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Research Grant for Authors

Apply for a grant to support historical research on a topic related to Iowa history. Each year, up to 12 research stipends will be awarded to support research related to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Preference is given to proposals that pursue neglected topics or new approaches to more familiar topics.

Grant recipients will produce an annotated manuscript to be considered for publication in the Annals of Iowa, a scholarly journal published quarterly by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Who: Eligible applications include academic and public historians, graduate students, and independent researchers and writers
What: $1,500
Application Deadline: April 17, 2023, for the funding period of July 1, 2023 to September 1, 2024

How to Apply

  1. Read the guidelines.
  2. Apply by April 17, 2023.

Applications are welcomed from U.S. and international applicants. International applicants must possess either a valid Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

Explore the Work of Past and Current Grant Recipients

Research Grants for Authors recipients have contributed more than 100 articles to the Annals of Iowa and are frequent contributors to programs throughout the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Read articles by grant recipients or find upcoming or past programs that draw on research ranging from Indigenous Iowa to the 1980s Farm Crisis.

Grant Awards History

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Project Title Applicant City County Sort ascending Fiscal year Grant Amount
The Big Sioux: A Story of Industrial Agriculture, Globalization, and a Small Iowa River Robert K. Schneiders Sioux City Woodbury 2019 $1,000.00
Democracy Has Iowa Roots: Rural Reeducation and New Deal Environmentalism on a Subsistence Homestead Michael Bowman Ames Story 2018 $1,000.00
From Military Reporter to “Mary Manners”: The Unbounded Journalism of Dorothy Ashby Pownall Tracy Lucht Ames Story 2015 $1,000.00
Iowa Frontier Settlement and Market Participation, 1830–1870 Jeff Bremer Ames Story 2016 $1,000.00
Creating a Patchwork Quilt of a Drainage System: Reclamation and the hanging Landscape of Western Iowa’s Little Sioux River Valley Maria E. Howe Ames Story 2016 $1,000.00
Food, Family Farms, and the Crisis of the 1980s Pamela Riney-Kehrberg Ames Story 2018 $1,000.00
A Soldier’s Story: Francis Webster and the Third Iowa Infantry during World War I Matthew J. Margis Ames Story 2016 $1,000.00
Picturing Packing: Historical Photographs of the Iowa Meatpacking Industry Emily K. Morgan Ames Story 2016 $1,000.00
Empowerment, Social Uplift, and Community: Pauline Humphrey and the Crescent School of Beauty Culture Ashley R. Garrin Ames Story 2014 $1,000.00
Northwest Iowa during the Civil War: Sioux Uprising and Creation of the Northern Border Brigade Ben Chase Ames Story 2017 $1,000.00
Joel E. Hendricks and The Analyst: Mathematical Publishing “on the borders of civilization,” 1873–1883 Deborah A. Kent Des Moines Polk 2015 $1,000.00
Iowa's Carnegie Influencers: The Role of Iowans in the Acquisition of Carnegie Grants Shana Stuart Coralville Linn 2022 $1,000.00
Redefining the Flapper: An Examination of Iowan Women in the Roaring Twenties Marissa Stangl Cedar Rapids Linn 2022 $1,000.00
Grant Wood and Hollywood Sandra Hudson Iowa City Johnson 2022 $1,000.00
The 1898 American Cereal Company Strike in Cedar Rapids: Gender, Ethnicity, and Labor Activism in Late Nineteenth-Century Iowa Pam Stek Iowa City Johnson 2014 $1,000.00
The Tama Philharmonic Society’s Iowa Composers Concerts Marian Wilson Kimber Iowa City Johnson 2019 $1,000.00
Class Identities and Working-Class Conservatism: A Community Study of Unions, Class, and Politics in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1968 Jason A. Whisler Iowa City Johnson 2014 $1,000.00
Iowa by the Sea: Long Beach and the Annual Iowa Picnics Wayne Anderson Iowa City Johnson 2015 $1,000.00
Working Hard and Living Out: Adolescence in Nineteenth-century Dubuque Jennifer E. Mack Iowa City Johnson 2019 $1,000.00
“When the Hens Begin to Lay”: Rural Women in The Woman’s Standard, 1886–1911 Stephanie A. Grossnickle-Batterton Iowa City Johnson 2015 $1,000.00